I had been dying to make Anna Maria Horner's Figure 8 scarf for a month or so when my small and unassuming stash of Innocent Crush velveteen arrived one cold day in January. I had picked up a couple of half-yard pieces in an online sale just so I could have a look—because even living in Chicago with a plethora of LQSs didn't mean I'd get to see any of it in person.
When the box arrived, I was happily surprised at the texture and sheen of this new-to-me substrate. I had visions of some nice winter pillows for our couch. But as I gently (and sillily) touched it to my face while making hilarious cooing sounds in a tremendous show of exaggeration for my husband, that Figure 8 scarf began dancing in my head.
The stars aligned for me that weekend.
I had heard about a new restaurant from some acquaintances and when we decided to check it out, I was pleasantly surprised to see there was a quilt shop next door. (Seriously, a quilt shop I didn't know about? Five minutes from my house? Weird.) After we had our disappointingly expensive and flavorless lunch, I decided to cheer up by stopping in next door. And while I won't say it's a store I'll go back to when I need inspiration or some fun, modern prints, they might become a staple for Kona FQs. I was pretty underwhelmed until I spotted 3 bolts of the lovely, buttery AMH Innocent Crush voile on a shelf in the very, very back of the store. Score. A perfect match for the velveteen.
I was set.
Taking Anna Maria's velveteen tips to heart, I began cutting and pinning. And pinning. And pinning. And pinning. (Certainly this scarf was as long as Cutler's last pass, right—some Bears humor for those of you who don't follow.)
I wasn't feeling it.
It was too bulky on my stubby little neck. Wish I had a picture of that to show you. My expression was priceless.
I almost just went for it and convinced myself it'd: a) be OK; or b) be a great gift for my sister.
And then, in my head, there was this quick conversation about turning that Figure 8 into a Figure 1. Something I could wear and have more versatility with.
And that's how the Figure 8 became the Figure 1.
After all, that store is only 5 minutes away.